Majority of the schools to have vocational training class

Overview of vocational courses

Vocational courses are an educational discipline that enables an individual to acquire skills that are required for a particular trade. Vocational courses are traditionally non-academic and are completely related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation.

To impart application-based study where theoretical aspects are not studied independently, these courses are designed specifically.

Prerequisites for the course

Students after 10th standard can now opt for short and long-term courses like diplomas and degrees. There are varieties of courses available for students to choose from. Vocational courses have diversified it providing a wider scope for students after 10th standard.

Vocational Courses are offered by various institutes, colleges, schools and government aided institutions

Route to implementation

Almost 40 years after implementing vocational courses in higher secondary, the school education department has decided to introduce vocational training for Class IX students from the academic year 2018-19.

The department has selected 670 government schools across the state for the pilot project.

Integration schemes

After the integration of three schemes — Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE) — it is the first step taken by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan to strengthen students’ vocational training and to increase the number of entrepreneurs emerging from schools.

Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan is aimed at providing equal opportunities for students coming from different backgrounds.

Statements

“A school per block, with a minimum strength of 80 students, was selected for the project,” said a senior official from RMSA, adding that training in as many as nine different sectors — agriculture, automotive, apparel, beauty and wellness, electronic and hardware, healthcare, tourism and hospitality and, retail— would be given to the students.

During the vocational classes, hands-on training in an industrial set-up would be provided during the school hours, the official said. At least three hours per week would be assigned for vocational classes, he added.

“This move would provide additional value to students as they would get separate certificates after evaluation during the end of the academic year,” the official said, adding that the course would be taken forward by the students as they move on to the next class.

The state government is yet to make a decision on how many teachers would be appointed for the special classes, the official said. Two classrooms per school were designated for vocational classes, he said.

As far as Coimbatore revenue district is considered, a total of 23 high schools, including a corporation high school, was selected for the project.

Agriculture course would be taught in eight schools, while classes on apparel would be taken up in five schools. Electronic and hardware training would be provided in seven schools in the district.

Two government schools and a corporation school was selected for the project during the last academic year, but it was postponed, the official said. He said that the courses would be assigned to the selected schools based on students’ interest.

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